SOURCE: Burton Group

March 25, 2008 17:34 ET

Burton Group Calls for Industry to Prove SOA Success

Analyst Firm's Early Findings From SOA Adoption Research: SOA Is Not Working

SALT LAKE CITY, UT--(Marketwire - March 25, 2008) -

Highlights / Key Facts:

-- Burton Group VP and Research Director Anne Thomas Manes is concerned by initial service-oriented architecture (SOA) adoption research findings. The research aims to discover how well organizations are performing in their SOA initiatives, what kind of value they are realizing, and what factors are impeding their progress.

-- To date, Manes has found few companies that can demonstrate attaining the much touted business value promised by SOA: i.e., significantly reducing costs and increasing agility.

-- The final results of this project will be presented at Burton Group Catalyst Conference, June 23-27 in San Diego. This year, Catalyst will delve into best practices encompassing the full spectrum of SOA including the impact SOA is having on application platforms, user interface design and experience, mobile applications, infrastructure services, data and the IT organization.

-- Burton Group plans to interview representatives from several more companies and welcomes organizations to participate (especially if they believe they have a successful story to tell). All data will be kept anonymous, private, and confidential. Interested candidates can contact Chris Haddad, Burton Group VP and Service Director to inquire about the project

-- Highly successful projects will be invited to present their case studies at Catalyst Conference North America and Europe.

Complimentary Research Report:

Service-Oriented Architecture: Developing the Enterprise Roadmap

Most large enterprises have launched an initiative to adopt service-oriented architecture (SOA), but SOA is not a solution that comes in a tidy little box. SOA is a new way to design systems, and it is more about culture than it is about technology. SOA will impact many aspects of an organization -- from software development and operations to accounting and incentive systems. Governance is critical. In this Application Platform Strategies overview, Research Director Anne Thomas Manes outlines a roadmap to successful SOA adoption.

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"I've talked to many companies that have implemented stunningly beautiful SOA infrastructures that support managed communications using virtualized proxies and dynamic bindings," says Manes. "They've deployed the best technology the industry has to offer -- including registries, repositories, SOA management, XML gateways, and even the occasional ESB. Many have set up knowledge bases, best practices, guidance frameworks, and governance processes. And yet these SOA initiatives invariably stall out."

"The techies have not been able to explain to the business units why they should adopt a better attitude about sharing and collaboration -- which is the fundamental cultural shift required for SOA to succeed. The pervasive attitude is 'What's in it for me?'"


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